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Inside Dentistry publishes DOCS Education article

The enduring value of nitrous oxide in the dental setting is the subject of an article published in the September issue of Inside Dentistry by Michael Silverman, DMD. Despite the fact that it was first used in dentistry over 150 years ago, the mechanism of nitrous remains poorly understood...

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Patient's increased comfort raises level of dentist's confidence

The Pankey Institute and The Dawson Academy, among the world’s leading sources of dental continuing education, are just some of the professional enrichment I’ve enjoyed over the past 26 years. Despite my overall satisfaction with these courses, however, it still seemed as if something was lacking.

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Avoid triazolam when verapamil's on board

When I ran all of his medications plus our sedation options through the Lexi-Comp interactions analysis, I discovered a large number of Category D risk ratings. Could you give me advice on how to properly treat this patient?

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Member Spotlight - Dr. Steven Krause

We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Steven Krause of The Center for San Diego Smile Makeover.

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Multiyear treatment transforms woman's spirits

The patient reported a number of adverse health habits, including heavy smoking and alcohol use. Her dental history entailed periodontal treatment, root canals, crowns and extractions.

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A not-so-sweet story about effects of hypoglycemia

Questioning doctor: Did I handle this properly? What else should have been done? I am left with the impression I overlooked something important.

Washington State Department of Health forges ahead with Prescription Monitoring Program

The Washington State Department of Health was approved to implement the Washington State Prescription Monitoring Program (WA PMP) beginning October 7, 2011.

Sedation ‘cures’ woman from extreme phobia regarding dentists

A woman presented with two chief complaints. She was deeply displeased by the combination of several missing teeth and what she described as an unattractive smile. While assenting to the overall treatment plan, the patient indicated her extreme phobia prevented addressing all of the problems at one time.

Train well for the emergency you hope never arrives

Three years ago my receptionist bolted into the operatory. She told me a man was lying unconscious in the parking lot.

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Member Spotlight - Dr. Robert Maddux

We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert Maddux of Hernando Dental Care. Find out what Dr. Maddux feels are the biggest challenges facing practitioners today.

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Let’s pretend there’s a group of lawyers sitting in a room. What are the chances any of them know how to properly fill a tooth with the same finesse as a dentist? Practically zero!
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Red wine: we know it has antioxidants. We know it stains your teeth. But do we know if it helps fight cavities?
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have a 41-year-old female patient who takes 10 mg of doxepin twice daily.

I checked Lexicomp™ for any interactions with diazepam, but it did not list any. Before I proceed with treatment, I would like to confirm it is ok to give diazepam to a patient taking 10 mg of doxepin twice daily. Thank you!


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Is your life rich and complete except for the slight, melancholic twinge of having boring, white teeth?
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I’m seeking advice on a 47-year-old male patient. I believe he is an ASA II individual. His blood pressure and pulse are WNL (131/83 & 68). He has a history of arthritis, kidney disease (renal insufficiency which patient says is categorized as stage II chronic kidney problems related to the meds he's taking), and lastly HIV.


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